Five-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb will miss Philadelphia's game against the Giants Sunday with a groin injury. Mike McMahon, who had been the third-string quarterback, will get the start over backup Koy Detmer.
McNabb, who will see a specialist today, has played through several injuries this season, including a hernia that will require surgery. He originally planned to have the surgery after the season, but it's possible he'll have it sooner.
The reigning conference champion Eagles (4-5) have lost three consecutive games and are in last place in the NFC East. They've lost both games since suspending wide receiver Terrell Owens Nov. 5.
Detmer has been McNabb's backup the last six seasons. He was the No. 2 quarterback this year only because he holds the ball on extra points and field goals. ''Nothing against Koy. I feel I have two good quarterbacks I can trust," coach Andy Reid said.
FBI to investigate Bears' altercation
The FBI is opening an internal investigation into the fight between Bears offensive linemen Olin Kreutz
and Fred Miller
at its shooting range in the Chicago area, Special Agent Richard Kolko
said. Miller, who initially said the injury occurred in a fall at home, needed surgery after Kreutz broke his jaw in the altercation last week. An FBI official said several Bears were invited to take target practice. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it is common for FBI field offices to invite community groups to shooting ranges. The official said the fight took place after the shooting session, during a barbecue for FBI employees and the players. He confirmed that alcohol was consumed during the barbecue, but insisted there was no drinking during the target practice. The Chicago Sun-Times, citing sources, reported roughhousing between Miller and Kreutz escalated to a full-blown altercation.
Somber Giants remember Tisch
The New York Giants stood together yesterday morning and observed a moment of silence for co-owner Robert Tisch
, who died Tuesday night of brain cancer at 79. The loss comes three weeks after the death of 89-year-old co-owner Wellington Mara
, also to cancer (Obituary, Page D16) . . . NFL owners voted to tentatively award Kansas City, Mo., a Super Bowl, largely as a tribute to owner Lamar Hunt
, who gave the game its name. It comes with one giant string attached: improvements to Arrowhead Stadium, including a rolling roof to keep out the February cold. The team estimates the cost of the roof alone at $100 million to $200 million -- and that's not counting $300 million or so the Chiefs say they need in stadium upgrades . . . Backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels
took most of the snaps for the Dolphins in practice because Gus Frerotte
is nursing a sprained right index finger and listed as questionable -- 50-50 -- for Sunday's game at Cleveland . . . Tommy Maddox
, who lost his starter's job a year ago to Ben Roethlisberger
, took the majority of the snaps with the Steelers' offense in practice and could start Sunday in Baltimore . . . Ken Dorsey
will get his second start of the season Sunday for San Francisco, which hopes its fourth quarterback change in six games will breathe some life into its floundering offense. The 49ers (2-7) haven't scored a touchdown in 39 straight possessions -- more than three games -- and have just eight offensive TDs all season.
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